Monday, October 25, 2010

In Treatment : Sunil (It's back!)



Week 1: Sunil - Frances - Jesse - Adele
Week 2: Sunil - Frances - Jesse/Adele
Week 3: Sunil - Frances - Jesse - Adele

Week 4: Sunil - Frances - Jesse - Adele
Week 5: Sunil - Frances - Jesse - Adele


Paul is tired, irritable, and balancing a long-distance relationship with his son and a new girlfriend. Oh, and he has a tremor.

A new patient arrives with his adult son and daughter-in-law. Mr. Sunil has just arrived in New York City and he's not doing very well--he's been depressed since his wife died 6 months ago. There is obvious tension between the patient and the daughter-in-law; she finds him to be scary and he finds her to be controlling. Oh, and the son is an osteopath who is prescribing Effexor for his father. And Effexor doesn't work, especially since the patient buriess them in the dirt---but the plant in his room is flourishing.

The kids leave, the father speaks. He rolls a cigarette and smokes. He talks of the losses in his life-- he misses his wife. His son moved to America and changed his name. He doesn't approve of his daughter-in-law and there is a cultural/ethnic divide. She is empty, Sunil says, and looks to others to bow to her to let her feel important.

Mr. Sunil would like a prescription to go home to India, for his wife to be alive, to have a wonderful dinner with her, to tell her about his days, to fall asleep by her side. They set another appointment and wish each other a good day.

As always, the issues with the patients rebound off Paul's issues--we've started by hearing his own discussion with his son, and the tremor, we'll assume, is a reference to his own father's death last season from Parkinson's disease. The patient asks Paul if he has a wife--a sorrow-filled reminder that Paul's own marriage ended in divorce, and in the opening scene, we got a glimpse of the fact that his new relationship is strained. And boundaries--this show is always about boundaries! Nothing quite like having the son prescribe psychotropics for the house plant.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Dinah! I TiVo'ed it but the DVr is acting up big-time. I don't stay up late so I watched half at 4:30 A.M. today and will catch all the episodes tonight.

I will miss Dianne Weist as "Gina," Paul therapist, but Amy Ryan should be good. I think this is a great, great show. As a patient with serious mental illness and as somebody who minored in psychology and knows the legal system and the mental health system, I'm a junkie for good mental health programming and just plain escape. Gabriel Byrne's dreamy accent doesn't hurt either!

Tigermom said...

Dinah,

While I hate watching In Treatment, I love reading your summaries.

I cannot stand watching the boundary violations.

Glad you are back writing about it.

Dinah said...

Anon-- Oh, the Gina episodes got painful to watch.

Tigermom-- Thank you!

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